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Can Nanotechnology and Materials Science Help the Fight against SARS-CoV-2?

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Chemistry Department, University of Bari “Aldo Moro”, via E. Orabona 4, 70126 Bari, Italy
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IFN-CNR, Physics Department “M. Merlin”, Bari, Italy, via Amendola 173, 70126 Bari, Italy
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CSGI (Center for Colloid and Surface Science) c/o Dept. Chemistry, via Orabona 4, 70125 Bari, Italy
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Nanomaterials 2020, 10(4), 802; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano10040802
Received: 11 April 2020 / Revised: 14 April 2020 / Accepted: 16 April 2020 / Published: 21 April 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Biology and Medicines)
Since 2004, we have been developing nanomaterials with antimicrobial properties, the so-called nanoantimicrobials. When the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) emerged, we started investigating new and challenging routes to nanoantivirals. The two fields have some important points of contact. We would like to share with the readership our vision of the role a (nano)materials scientist can play in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. As researchers specifically working on surfaces and nanomaterials, in this letter we underline the importance of nanomaterial-based technological solutions in several aspects of the fight against the virus. While great resources are understandably being dedicated to treatment and diagnosis, more efforts could be dedicated to limit the virus spread. Increasing the efficacy of personal protection equipment, developing synergistic antiviral coatings, are only two of the cases discussed. This is not the first nor the last pandemic: our nanomaterials community may offer several technological solutions to challenge the ongoing and future global health emergencies. Readers’ feedback and suggestions are warmly encouraged. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2; nanoantiviral; PPE; copper; silver; nanomedicine; contagion; mask; air conditioning COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2; nanoantiviral; PPE; copper; silver; nanomedicine; contagion; mask; air conditioning
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Sportelli, M.C.; Izzi, M.; Kukushkina, E.A.; Hossain, S.I.; Picca, R.A.; Ditaranto, N.; Cioffi, N. Can Nanotechnology and Materials Science Help the Fight against SARS-CoV-2? Nanomaterials 2020, 10, 802.

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